By Mary W. Helms
In many non-industrial, non-Western societies, energy and status are heavily associated with the level of an individual's or group's perceived connection to the supernatural realm, which additionally explains and validates tangible actions reminiscent of monetary good fortune, victories in struggle, or keep watch over over profitable exchange. Affines (in-laws), ancestors, and aristocrats, particularly, are attached to the world of inventive cosmological origins (i.e., to Genesis), which accords them unique, supernatural powers and provides them a typical and legit correct to worldly authority.
This is the speculation that Mary W. Helms pursues during this largely cross-cultural examine of aristocracy in mainly societies. She starts off with uncomplicated rules in regards to the useless, ancestors, affines, and ideas of cosmological origins. This leads her to a dialogue of cosmologically outlined hierarchies, the characteristics that signify aristocracy, and the political and ideological roles of noblemen as wife-givers and wife-takers (that is, as in-laws). She concludes through contemplating numerous versions that specify how societies could advance or outline aristocracies.
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